Wheels & Tires for the 2011-2012 VW Jetta

Despite what some automotive experts say, I really like the new Volkswagen Jetta. And, if the original Jetta tires and wheels are not to your liking, some aftermarket car rims and tires could really increase the vehicle's style.

As you try to envision how a given wheel will fit on your car, keep in mind that the offset spec effects the overall look. How would the 17x7.5 5-112 bolt pattern 45mm offset Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin look on the car, even though your Original Equipment wheels are 16" in diameter and 6.5" with a 50mm offset? To help you gain a better picture of how these Enkei rims would sit on your vehicle, look at where your valve stems sit and picture them moving 17mm (roughly 3/4") out towards the fender.

Manufacturers will determine what sizes of wheels they'll make, as not all wheels come in all sizes. However, when you purchase wheels from Tire Rack, you can be assured the wheel you order is a perfect match for your vehicle. To see how we get the proper fitments for each vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

Since I am a big fan of the Jetta TDI let's use this application as an example. For 17" wheels you can choose Volkswagen tires in either 225/45-17 or 235/45-17. If I were picking tires to use here in Indiana, I'd get the 225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4 for its combination of great steering response, wet grip and efficiency.

Since the new Jetta uses the indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System with ABS sensors, you don't need to get separate sensors. And when you're looking at our online tire prices for the Michelin Primacy, create a Tire & Wheel Package with the Enkei wheels for $1388* plus shipping.

17x7.5 Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin
17x7.5 Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin
225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4
225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4

Create the perfect Tire & Wheel Package for your Jetta today!


Thursday, December 1, 2011 by Razal

Dear Sir,
We are interested to buye 4Nos Tyers for replace in Haulotte our specification are as:Make Michelin-18R 19.5 x F Double X Radial rubber filed tir with stepny pl.quote prices in US$.
Sunday, September 30, 2012 by Gary Myles

I am Looking for Winter tires and Basic rim for my 2013 Volkswagon Jetta. You do not appear to have this car listed. Can you advise Tire size is 195/65/15-91H
Monday, October 1, 2012 by cy

I'm checking to see when we'll have the 2013 information listed and will follow up with you shortly.
Thursday, October 4, 2012 by cy

Fitment between the 2012 and 2013 vehicles is essentially the same. See Winter options here:


and more information to be added to our Upgrade Garage shortly.

Sunday, February 9, 2014 by Trey

How about 18" on the 2013. Saw one in the mall lot that had 18" 225/40ZR18. What is the biggest I could go without modifying ?
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by cy

With our conservative outlook, 235/40-18 is the largest size standard size we recommend, thanks Cy.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by William McEneaney

I'm looking for the skinniest wheel+tire combination you sell that will fit a 5-112 bolt pattern, with a total tire diameter between 25.5 and 26 inches. (This will be a spare tire taking up additional room in the trunk beyond the usual wheel-well, which is the reason for trying to find a skinny tire.) The vehicle weighs in at about 3700 lbs.
Thank you!
Saturday, October 18, 2014 by Angie

I'm trying to find out what size snow tires I can run on my 2012 sportwagen (2.5). Original equipment is 225/40/18. Would like to run 195/65/15 or 16 because they are cheaper and easier to find where I live. Spare tire is 195/65/15
Monday, October 20, 2014 by cy


We don’t have 15” wheels that clear 2012 Sportwagen 2.5’s brakes so 205/55-16 on 16” steel wheels would be the best combination of value and effectiveness.

See 205/55-16 winter options here:


Once you select a tire, our website will prompt you to select wheels & you’ll see the steel wheel option appear.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by Sacha

I am looking for 18inch mags with tires for my 2011 vw jetta 2.0l. What is the ideal offset for 18 inch mags in order for them to be flush with the fender?
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by cy

Sacha, go with 18x7.5 ET 51 (same specs as the 2015 Jetta GLI OE wheel). Thanks. Cy.
Monday, July 17, 2017 by Peter Krakana

I have a 2013 VW Jetta Trendline and want to go to a 215-45-18 tire
And a 8.5 x 18" 112 x 5 45 offset . Will this fit properly!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Cy

Peter, the tire manufacturers don't recommend running an 8.5" wide wheel on a 215/45-18 tire because the rim is too wide properly fit on that narrow of a tire. For your generation Jetta we normally recommend at least a 225/40-18 tire to accommodate that rim width.

Your Original Equipment 15" wheels are 6" wide with an offset of 50 mm (or close to it) on 195/65-15 tires. Therefore 8.5" width and 45 mm offset will give you 36.75 mm less clearance to the fender compared to factory. The wider tire 225/40-18 tires will take up another 15 mm so overall the edge of your tire will be 51.75 mm more "out" towards the fender.

So we consider 225/40-18 18x8.5 ET 45 to be a "custom fit" which may require modifying fenders by rolling the fender lips and/or flaring the fenders.

Please note that since we ship 99% of what we sell we're very conservative when we assess the risk of rubbing so I would get additional feedback from other Jetta drivers at VW & Jetta forums.



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